Faith Fitness and Laughter

Divergent Review and Taylor Kitsch

Morning!   Sorry to still be a little MIA lately, but I still felt the need to take a step back.  🙂


I am still loving the cooler temps and really can’t wait for even cooler temps.  I can never start my day without a cup coffee!


I got up at 6:00 this morning and did my usual….devotion, first cup of coffee, a little tv.  At about 7:30 I got up to make some breakfast and get ready for church and wouldn’t you know it….the electricity went out.  It just went dark and quiet.  I stood there for a minute and said, “really?”

I got in the shower and then gathered my supplies and went into town to see if I could find a place to finish getting ready.  I then went by McD’s to get my “second” cup of coffee. 🙂

Come to find out a squirrel knocked the power out to over 1000 people!  I hope the poor little thing didn’t die.


So I have to apologize again for being MIA.  I am not really sure why I have been, but felt like I needed to step back.  Partly because I really didn’t have anything going on and didn’t want my posts to be redundant.  I am also a creature of habit and love to eat the same thing and posting the same pictures over and over again also seemed redundant.  🙂


So let’s do something different shall we??  Recently I read a couple of books, Divergent and Insurgent.  So how about a review??


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).  On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen year olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.  For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both.  So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascination, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen.  But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death.  And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves….or it might destroy.

Divergent is the first book by Veronica Roth.


I really, really liked this book.  One of my favorite things about this book was the sense of  humor that Veronica portrays through just about every character.  So many times I found myself actually laughing out loud.  🙂  The character of Beatrice/Tris is such a strong female character and Veronica did a great job setting the tone for the changes that Tris will go through.  Another thing that I really liked was the fact that life is full of choices and just making them affects everyone around you.  Decisions that you make on a whim, and then ones that you really set down and think out.  They all have consequences.  All of them.  Negative and positive.  You will fall in love with the characters of this book and want to go straight into the second novel, Insurgent.  You will root for the underdog, you will want to be brave right along with her.  You will ask yourself which faction you would find yourself in and really ask yourself whether or not you are selfless, kind, strong, honest and brave.


I did just find out that they are going to make a movie out this book too!  Scheduled to be released some time in 2014. 🙂



So I am really getting in the mood to dig out all of my fall decorations.  I love to go all out when I do this!  Tomorrow is my early day, so I will probably be doing this.  🙂  I am thinking about going onto Pinterest and finding some really cool ideas for decorations too!


My new favorite person:  Taylor Kitsch


Did you watch Friday Night Lights when it was on??  Um, I sadly didn’t.  Not sure why, but I just didn’t.  Well, I found it on Netflix and this was a very bad thing.  🙂  Texas forever.  :p




30 Day Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the weekend is really coming to an end.  Sad face.  😦   Oh well, I am a creature of habit and actually like having a regular routine.  🙂  

Yesterday afternoon I hung out with Angey and her daughter Brianna.  We went to the Good Will Store that is nearby and also hit up a couple of shoe places to find these shoes called Tom’s.  Not sure, but it’s what all the cool kids are wearing these days.  They look like house shoes to me. 😉

While we were at the Good Will store, Angey and I shortly discussed how women size each other up.  Even without trying to do it.  Crazy right?!  Have you ever done it?  We immediately start wishing we looked a certain way, or start cutting ourselves down.  Am I alone?  Hope not.  Anyway, I am proud of where I have been and that I have accomplished the weight loss, but I don’t think I have truly excepted my curves.  I don’t want to simply reach for a particular size pair of jeans.  I want to be healthy.  Don’t you? 

So how do we get there?  What kind of plan do we need?  Here are my own thoughts.  I think that part of becoming healthy is starting with the inside and being honest with ourselves.  Over that last few years I have battled anxiety.  It started slowly, but over the months and years it’s morphed into wanting to be in control of everything and a perfectionist.  If I could pinpoint a time or place that it started, I would have to say it started with my weight issues way back when I was a teen.  Once I was in my very first relationship and it ending in a way that told me I wasn’t good enough, the anxiety hit a new level.  No one really wants to admit that they need help, or even that they might need medication, but sometimes it is what needs to happen.  I don’t advocate anti-depression meds, or anxiety medication every person is different, but I don’t think they are a bad thing.  Some people can just turn it off like a switch, but others can’t do that. 

About 9 months ago I went to my “lady” doctor and explained to him some of the things that I had been feeling.  

  1. anger
  2. sadness
  3. confusion
  4. frustration
  5. not sleeping
  6. horrible eating habits
  7. did  I mention anger?


There were tons of other things that I was dealing with, but these pretty much narrow it down.  I told him that I felt like I was coming out of my skin.  I looked at him and said, “am I going crazy?”  He told me no of course, but I am here to tell  you that crazy is what I felt like.  He prescribed some medication and after a couple of weeks I felt much better.  It was easier to put a thought together and things seemed to not bother me as much. 

Here we are and it’s 9 months later.  A few weeks ago I started to notice some of my symptoms coming back.  I felt anxious about everything.  Do you ever worry when you don’t even have anything to worry about?  Crazy I know.  Everything started to bother me again.  I changed some things in my diet and my workouts and nothing seemed to work.  I called my dr. again and explained to him that I felt overwhelmed.  Truth be told, I felt like I had so much on my plate that I couldn’t cram one more thing into my brain.  Work, my Seminary class, church, and trying to balance my healthy lifestyle.  Something had to go. These may not seem like a whole lot, but to me just getting out of bed was becoming difficult.  My Dr. changed my meds, which I wasn’t too thrilled about, but I am trusting him to know it was the right thing to do.  I feel like I am still adjusting to the medication, but overall feel a little better about things.  I have also stopped the Seminary class.  I spoke to my teacher last Monday and explained to him my situation, and that I might not be able to finish the class.  Thank goodness he understood.  He is a pastor first and he really helped me.  Thanks Rusty!

This is why working on the inside of our lives is much more important than the outside.  Loving myself is very hard for me to do.  Crazy when I know that Christ dwells inside of me. 

So this is what I am going to do.  I want to work on getting some quiet time in every day.  Not just for myself, but for those around me as well.  I want to be able to let go of things that cause me anxiety.  It’s not a switch that I can turn off, but I want to be able to tell the difference between real concern and just plain being a worry wart.  That’s the first step and frankly, that’s all I can handle right now.  Quiet time.



Ener-G brown rice bread (gluten-free), a banana, and some dark chocolate peanut butter


Lunch: smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of cherries
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 cup of 35 Calorie almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate peanut butter


Workout Schedule:

I have tons of Jillian Michael’s DVD’s, but I have never really stuck to her workouts for more than a few weeks.  Or, I have done them for longer, but never how she prescribes.  So, I have decided to do the Ripped in 30 DVD for a solid 30 days.  I will workout Monday thru Friday with the DVD and Saturday and Sunday will be used as active rest days.

Monday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Tuesday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Wednesday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Thursday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Friday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Saturday: active rest day

Sunday: active rest day


So there you have it.  All of my dirty laundry and all.  I really questioned whether or not to share as much as I did, but I am glad that I did.  Remember, everyone is different.  What works for me, may not work for everyone else.  I am not a doctor, a licensed trainer, or a dietician.  These are just my opinions. 


I hope you have a wonderful afternoon!!


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